Child Rights Impact Assessment of the 2013 Autumn Statement and 2014 Budget: Identifying and understanding the impact on children and young people

Carol Robinson, Sara Bragg, Jennifer Colwell

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Abstract

This project is based on the commitment given by the OCC to undertake Child
Rights Impact Assessments (CRIA) on major legislative and/or policy
developments. It follows the success of the CRIA of budget decisions:
Including the 2013 Budget, and the cumulative impact of tax-benefit reforms
and reductions in spending on public services 2010-2015 (OCC, 2013).
Findings from this report demonstrated that, overall, the reforms had a
significant impact on families with children. Given the significance of the
cumulative impact of budgetary changes (CRIA, 2013), there is a pressing
need to determine the impact of recent and forthcoming changes in public
spending. The overall CRIA will include both quantitative and qualitative
evidence, as well as legal analysis. The findings reported relate to the
qualitative aspect of the analysis and are based on qualitative data collected
through discussions with children, young people and parents/carers.

The research aimed to identify and understand how changes to tax and
benefits and in public spending, as outlined in the 2013 Autumn Statement
and the 2014 Budget, have influenced and are likely to influence in the future
the lives of children, young people and their parents/carers. Specifically, the
project focused on understanding:
i) The perspectives and experiences of a) children and young people
under the age of 16, and b) young people over the age of 162
on how tax/benefit changes and changes to spending on public services and facilities have influenced, and are likely in the future to impact on the life experiences and on the rights of children and young people. The perspectives of children and young people relating to ways in which the government could spend money in order to improve the rights of children and young people were also sought.
ii) The perspectives and experiences of parents/carers on how changes in
family income as a result of tax/benefit changes, and changes to spending on
public services and facilities have impacted, and are likely in the future to
impact on decisions they make in relation to housing, employment and
spending patterns. Their perspectives of the impact of these changes on the
life experiences of themselves and on the rights of the children and young
people for whom they care were also sought. Parents/carers were also asked
to consider ways in which the government could spend money in order to
improve the rights of children and young people.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherOffice of the Children's Commissioner
Number of pages66
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Child rights
  • Public spending

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